Only two more days and our Labor Day Celebration is here. It will be a crazy two days leading up to the event, running around getting supplies and fulfilling sponsorships but once the event arrives we will get to see the fruits of our labor. Event days are my favorite days, this is the time that I will see all of our hard work come together and not only do I enjoy it but everyone who has come to the event gets to enjoy too. This weekend will be my first experience with the Wild West Air Fest and I am very excited to see some really unique planes, cars and some interesting speakers.
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If living in Steamboat Springs wasn’t cool enough, another great perk of living in the “high country” is being in such close proximity to other great mountain towns. On Sunday after watching my coworkers participate in the Steamboat Triathlon and come in second for the women’s relay, my boyfriend and I did a short road trip over to Glenwood Springs. We met up with some friends and got to raft down the Colorado River for two hours on a picture perfect day.
Not only was it great to meet up with friends who I hadn’t seen for awhile, but it was also great to take part in activities that really are not very far away from home. The best part of the whole trip was coming home that night to our picturesque and charming valley here in Steamboat Springs. Like they say, there is no place like home.
As you know last Sunday was the triathlon. I was riddled with anxiety not knowing if I had done enough training. I showed up Sunday morning at Catamount Lake to be greeted by my teammates. The temperatures were better than I expected and we all felt good, beside our turning and twisting race stomachs. I began the first leg in the water, the cold temperatures and the lake weeds touching my toes gave me the extra motivation to swim just a little faster. I passed the timing chip to my teammate on the bike who had a helpful tail wind on the way out of her ride but a though head wind on the way back but all in all made for a awesome bike time. The timing chip was passed off for the last time to our runner; she didn’t feel well, but ultimately ended up crushing the time she had set for herself. At the end of each leg we had the best cheering section which I think ultimately helped us in our SECOND PLACE FINSIH!
Luckily this weekend in the Rocky Mountains was pretty close to perfect weather wise and even closer to perfect activity wise. Taking advantage of all the mountains have to offer is a ton of fun and it is easy to do new things every weekend. This weekend started with a round of golf at Haymaker Golf Course on Friday afternoon right after work. With a great group of people and impeccable weather it was a great start to the weekend. Saturday I spent the day at Steamboat Lake with some friends boating, wakeboarding and wake-surfing. There were a ton of people out on their boat and a lot of kids out playing on the beach enjoying the last weekend before school.
Yesterday though, took the cake as far as weekend days go. In the morning I traveled out to Lake Catamount for the Steamboat Triathlon where three of my co-workers were participating. Not only did we all have a great time watching and cheering them on, but they got second in the women’s relay event. They were great! It is weekends like this that make coming into the office on a Monday morning not that bad.
It wasn’t actually a full day at the pool but more like an hour. I ventured to the pool today for lunch to try and get one last training swim in before the Steamboat Triathlon on Sunday. The water and air temperature were perfect and I felt incredibly smooth in the water despite the wetsuit I was testing. I only swam for 30 minutes but I got to enjoy the rest of my lunch soaking in the sun.
Amidst the back to school specials, warmer clothing in store window displays and even fall décor in shops, I am not ready to admit that summer is almost over.
The weather is still summer beautiful here in Steamboat Springs and if you ask me, late August and early September is the most gorgeous time of year here in the Yampa Valley (not that I am bias or anything). After a long, hard day of being at the office, last night a few girl friends and I took advantage of this great weather and went to Haymaker Golf Course to hit some golf balls at their driving range. I was surprised that it was still warm enough after 5 p.m. to wear a tank-top and shorts, but like I said…summer is not over yet.
Just thinking about the Steamboat Triathlon is making me nervous. I look back at my training and think I could have done more and could have done it differently but with only 4 days before the triathlon it is too late to think of the past. Where my training is today will ultimately take me to the gold tomorrow. This Sunday will be my first triathlon as a team and I am very excited about this scenario. In the past, pacing my self was one of the biggest challenges but now that I can go all out on my assigned leg of the race. Myself doing the swim, I envision the long stroke of Michael Phelps’ freestyle and the record breaking time of Jason Lezak. Now, these are all great thoughts but will they take me to the gold? You will have to stay tuned to find out on Monday.